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Would the Yankees be willing to give Cliff Lee a contract extension?

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SEATTLE - JUNE 02:  Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field on June 2, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JUNE 02: Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field on June 2, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Interesting article this morning about the Yankees apparent interest in Cliff Lee. With a rotation of Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Vazquez, and now Hughes, you have to wonder if the Yankees have room for Lee. There's no doubt that the Yankees rotation in addition to Cliff Lee would be the best in the league-by far. One can dream, right?

The immediate need for the Yankees is a bat, but if the Mariners are going to shop Lee, the Yankees will be interested because he will be a free agent after the season. Of course, he is making $9 million this season, so even if the deal is made at the July 31 deadline, the Yankees would have to pay him $3 million.

If they were to give up Romine or Montero, the Yankees would need assurances that Lee would sign an extension and not become a free agent.

Let's assume that the Yankees decide that they have room for Cliff Lee are willing to trade either Romine or Montero to acquire him: would the Yankees actually be willing to give Cliff Lee a contract extension? Perhaps. The Yankees have already committed lots of money to both CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett and it would seem to suggest that another long term contract for a pitcher would be a risk for the Yankees, even with their bloated budget. But then again, with Javier Vazquez and Andy Pettitte set to come off their budget this winter, it seems perfectly reasonable to think that the Yankees could spend $10-$15 million this winter on a pitcher.

If you were Yankees GM Brian Cashman, would you feel comfortable giving Cliff Lee a 5-6 contract this winter?